Maximo Park Indigenous Midden Site - St. Pete - 10-12-2019
October 13, 2019
By: Andy Firk

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REPORT FROM THE ROAD - MAXIMO PARK - INDIGENOUS MIDDEN SITE IN ST. PETE - OCTOBER 12, 2019: I hiked the trails for the very first time at this 70-acre oceanside park that is home to ancient indigenous middens. Which locals want to go there with me while I conduct a wild plant inventory one of these mornings soon? There are many Marlberries and Brahmi (Bacopa Monieri) at this pretty location. Hey experts Hermann Trappman and Jungle Jay Hardman, do you know anything about this indigenous site? 
JUNGLE JAY HARDMAN REPLIED: "Worked with Ray Wunderlich III and "Rock Doc" Bob Austin to relocate Frisbee Golf baskets to preserve site integrity and native plants. Later helped in joint FPAN / Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society profile excavation and stabilization project on the northern shoreline." 
HERMANN TRAPPMAN AND ELIZABETH NEILY REPLIED: "Hermann and I want to join you at the park. We used to do talks there." 
Local activist LISA PINEDA COMMENTED: "I’ve been going there for over 20 years! A very special place indeed. That frisbee golf was/is pretty controversial on that sacred land. The balance is sometimes very difficult when two very divergent cultures collide."